Category Archives: Dinner

Heat Wave

Up here in the northeast, we are expected to see temperatures in the 90’s and even 100 this week! It’s crazy! All I want to do is eat smoothies in this weather, which is why last night’s dinner consisted of just that.

I see you checkin' out my new placemat

Banana Blackberry Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • a few ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • a handful of blackberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior
  • pizzelles (italian waffle cookies) whip and sprinkles to top it off!

I consider this dinner and dessert since I added on some toppings! 🙂 There’s also some hidden strawberries cut up at the bottom of the bowl. It definitely hit the spot after a long day at work!

Today

I repeated Saturday’s upper body workout this morning because it felt so good last week. I modified it a little because I am short on time compared to the weekends, but I left the gym feeling like I did an hour of cardio! I did finish up with 20 minutes on the elliptical, but the strength training had me sweating already.

After enjoying last night’s smoothie so much, I decided to go with the frozen banana theme again this morning. I basically made last night’s smoothie without the blackberries and headed to work.

This weather is not helping me be productive at work. I just want to be swimming or at the beach getting some color!

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Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oatmeal

Yesterday after work I met up with Claire one last time before she headed back to California. We were sitting in Bryant Park when our 3rd roommate from college walks by. We could not believe the 3 of us, well 4 (Elliott), would run into each other at such a random place and time! Claire just so happened to be visiting, and I just so happened to be meeting up with her, and Lanna just so happened to be walking out of work and through the park. We were all kind of in awe and also so excited to see each other again. The three of us haven’t been together in years. We lived in a small apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan during college with Claire’s little Elliott!

Claire, Lanna, and I (above), talked for about 30 minutes until we all had to go our own ways. At that point, I was starvin’ marvin’ so I headed back to the dirty Jerz, stopped at Joe’s restaurant to see what was going on, and then headed to Garden of Eden to pick up a quick dinner because I couldn’t bear the thought of cooking while my tummy was growling that much. I ended up bringing home a turkey burger and brussel sprouts from the hot bar and added my own cheese, ketchup, and Nayonaise. I scarfed it down immediately.

I also picked up this:

I give this four thumbs up (I’ll have to use my toes). It’s all natural and only 30 calories per serving compared to 70 for regular hummus. Obviously the “kid approved” part caught my eye. My love for pizza and hummus is combined at last. Some turkey burger bites were dipped in this. I then washed it all down with this enormous ooey gooey cookie that Claire gave me from Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side.

Ummmm! That thing was the size of three cookies combined. The picture is about 1/4 of it, because I was so nice as to leave Joe a bite.

Today

Joe and I woke up around 8:30 and headed to the gym. I had intentions of getting up earlier because I have so much to get done today. Oh well. Joe had me do a new upper body routine and by the time I was done I was sweaty, sore and shaking.

Shoulders (7.5 lb dumbbell per arm for all, 1 min rest between all 4)

  • Military Presses: 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds in between
  • Front Shoulder Raises: 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds
  • Side Shoulder Raises: 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds
  • Sitting Flys (5 lb dumbbells): 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds
Back (55 lbs. on machine, 1 min rest between each exercise)
 
  • Lat Pull Downs (behind head): 8 sets, 18-25 reps, 10 seconds in between
  • Close Grip Front Lat Pull Downs: 6 sets, 15-25 reps, 10 seconds
Chest (10 lb. dumbbell per arm)
 
  • Laying on Incline Flys: 6 sets, 15-20 reps, 10 seconds in between

After that I did tricep raises (behind head) and bicep curls as I normally do, but I was already feeling it in my shoulder, back, and chest! I completed 25 minutes on the elliptical and an ab workout as well.

As soon as we got home we were both starving. I cooked us up both some protein oatmeal. I made mine this way:

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds (they make it nice and fluffy)
  • 1 banana, cut into pieces
  • cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • drop of honey
  • peanut butter
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop Vanilla SunWarrior protein powder

Bring the oats, milk, salt, and chia seeds to a boil. Add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, and honey as you prefer (to taste). Add in half of the banana slices and whip it up. Add in the protein powder when it’s pretty much fully cooked. You might need to add some water if it gets too thick. Drop in a bowl and top with remaining banana slices and drizzle peanut butter all over!

After fueling up, I was then determined to start knocking stuff off of my to-do list. I started with laundry, which was 90% gym clothes. It’s amazing how much laundry accumulates in one week. I guess both of us wear like 3 outfits a day though. It felt like forever to fold it all!

Monster pile

Next up was the grocery store.

Lots of goodies! ..and a PB cup for cheat day Sunday!

I like to prep as soon as I get home to get it over with. I marinated chicken to grill later for lunch next week, chopped up bananas to freeze for smoothies, and cut into the watermelon.

A few bites were consumed.

Still on my list: more laundry, a mani/pedi, TJMaxx (for some odds and ends, such as bowls and place mats to make prettier picture for you guys!), get a gift for a bridal shower tomorrow, and take my bridesmaids dress to get fixed (thinking 6pm on Saturday is too late for that, Monday it is). Ohhhh chores! Currently, blogging and organizing my life over a smoothie bowl. Catch ya later.

Sprinkle Massacre!

Reunion

Last night I met up with my friend Claire, who I met at the Fashion Institute of Technology. We lived together while we were in college and she moved to California after graduation. She came to visit home and NYC for the week. I was so excited to see her!

We went to one of our old favorites, Chat ‘n Chew.

Love this place! First up was drinks. Claire got the flirtini and I ordered a red wine spritzer (Cabernet and diet coke) as the waitress looked at me like I was drunk already. Claire got her usual grilled cheese with sweet potato fries, while I went with the special Taco Fiesta salad. It was actually quite healthy if you didn’t eat the large fried tortilla bowl it came in! I obviously dug in before I got a chance to take a picture of the plating.

This salad consisted of greens, cajun grilled chicken, tomato, avocado, green beans, carrots, shredded cheddar, and crispy tortilla. I subbed the ranch dressing for plain old oil and vinegar, and didn’t eat the tortilla bowl.

I cleaned the rest of my plate though and was super full, but not too full for dessert. We walked over to Pinkberry after dinner.

The problem with this stuff is that I could eat a large in about 5 seconds. Instead, I went with the small original flavor topped with honey almond granola, dark chocolate chip crisps, and mango, and ate it in 3 seconds.

Claire brought me a present from her work. She gets a discount on Current/Elliott and brought me these cute cut off green jean shorts!

I obviously forgot to take a picture and do not have them near me, but I’m sure I’ll be wearing them this weekend. Thank you Claire bear! 🙂

We said goodbye, but only until Friday! I am going to meet her after work again before she leaves to head back to Cali.

Rando hair decided to stick out (on my forehead), but still a good picture of us.

I need to get out to California soon to visit this lady! Anyone have any cheap flight suggestions to Santa Ana or Long Beach airports from NYC/NJ?

Inspiration

In the past two months that I have been blogging, the though of quitting has crossed my mind. I’m not going to lie, it is a lot harder than it looks. My job is extremely demanding at times and leaves me to either post a quick, meaningless post, or not post at all. All I think about is writing on here all day long and it makes me sad to not be able to execute all of my ideas on my blog.

This week at work in particular has been a rough one. This morning, I read Julie’s post. I have to say that ever since starting this blog, I have had small thoughts of changing careers. I am interested in social media, jobs in health, fitness, writing, etc. I feel like a whole new door opened up for me and I don’t know exactly where this might take me, but I do know that quitting is not going to get me anywhere! When I really enjoy something, I can’t just give up due to uncontrollable circumstances. I’ll say that this new passion has definitely caused me to dream of doing what Julie has taken a chance at. Obviously, it is way to early for that, but that was just the right inspiration that I needed this week.

Breakfast

Shhh..don’t tell anyone, but I read Julie’s post while sitting in traffic this morning and sipping on this:

I found an insulated cup for my smoothies so I can enjoy them on my morning drive, instead of woofing them down right after the gym before getting in the shower. This particular smoothie included a mixture of SunWarrior, spinach, blackberries, frozen bananas, and almond milk.

Since I missed a day, I’ll also share this concoction from last night’s dinner.

See how sprinkles make everything look pretty? 🙂

I mixed in the blender:

  • 1 1/2 scoops SunWarrior vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • a few ice cubes
  • pinch xanath to thicken

In the bowl I chopped up some strawberries (clearly unseen as they are sunk to the bottom of the bowl) and added whip, sprinkles, and some almond butter.

Fashion

A quick note that I want to cover is that I know I am missing the fashion element on this blog. I know that my intentions were to cover a healthy lifestyle including fitness and food. I also wanted to incorporate fashion because it is also a passion of mine. I have clearly been lacking because of time, but I do have some ideas floating around. On Tuesday, after having a long, stressful, non-blogging day at work, I asked Joe to take a picture of me. You’ll have to excuse his poor photography skills.

I was excited about some new purchases and intend to eventually have a seperate fashion experience on here!

  • Maroon/cream striped top:  J. Crew
  • Salmon pants: Zara
  • Nude Sandals: Charles David
  • Scarf: Limited (from like 5 years ago?)
  • Nude Belt: J Crew
  • Sunburn: Beach on Sunday

…and my pudgy looking face: the heat? Ew, haha….

I hope you can all hang on for this ride with me because I have so many ideas! Now, I am off to finish some things at work and meet Claire for dinner because she is in town for the week! Yay!

Happy Memorial Day

Hello Blogosphere! I fell off the map for two days, but I was enjoying time with my boyfriend and his family. I do not apologize for my short hiatus (as I find it important to take personal time when necessary), but I will apologize for not taking pictures!

You won’t see pictures of my sunburn, the yummy array of food grilled on Saturday night (turkey burgers, shrimp, etc), or the double extra large pizza that Joe ate all by himself at Pete & Elda’s (best thin crust Pizza in Jersey) to get a free t-shirt. We also consumed massive amounts of baked goods and sweets! Luckily, we were able to get a 6 mile run in this morning along the coastal highway. It was super sweaty but super awesome!

I did have a great Memorial day weekend at the beach and ended it with a wonderful dinner on the grill after arriving home today.

We grilled scallops (in lemon, truffle salt, and pepper), veggies (eggplant and zucchini in olive oil, balsamic, salt & pepper), and crab meat made into a salad (nayonaise, cocktail sauce, lemon, pepper).

Now to get settled and get some sleep before my busy week back at work. I hate coming back to reality!

How was your Memorial Day weekend?

Accomplished

I think every company that offers Summer Friday’s should change it to SummerFallWinterSpring Friday’s. I need to get out at 1pm every week so I can accomplish as much as I did today. I came home and got a lot done around the house that I usually do on Saturday, which means I have a real weekend without chores!

I really contemplated just skipping the gym today. When I got out of work it was beautiful out, hot even. I felt like just relaxing, but I realized that the reason I had no energy was because I didn’t work out this morning. As soon as I got home, I changed and headed out so that I wouldn’t sit down and feel even more sluggish. I’m extremely happy that I ended up going because I had an awesome leg workout and a super sweaty cardio session.

I needed a protein fix when I got home, since I didn’t have my normal shake for breakfast. I made a berrylicious concoction.

Can you spot my sock? Oops! 😉 I cut up strawberries and filled the bottom of the bowl with them. I threw in some blackberries and a scoop of whip too! I blended up my smoothie and topped it off.

  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 1/2 scoops vanilla Sun Warrior
  • splash vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • handful frozen strawberries
  • pinch xanath gum

 

I hopped in the shower and started my to-do list. I had so much energy! I did a few loads of laundry, changed the sheets, unloaded the dishwasher and reloaded, folded laundry, did my nails, made my grocery list, cleaned the bathroom sink, toilet, kitchen sink, etc. Now all I have to do tomorrow is one more load of darks, hang curtains (psshh, we’ll see…they’ve been waiting around for me since February), grocery shop, and pack for the beach! 

After all of that, I was craving something else to eat. I felt like I needed another protein fix and what better way to get it than eggs and cheese!? I also wanted to try my new alternative bagels.

 

They don’t carry these anywhere near me and I have been trying to get my hands on them forever. The website charges obscene shipping but I found a tiny distributor that shipped for cheaper and didn’t require as large of a purchase. I wanted to make sure I liked them, first! I mean, it’s a bagel, what’s not to like? But, you know, just incase! 🙂 They are packed with fiber and protein at only 110 calories.

I made eggs the quick way–in a bowl in the microwave. It always makes a perfect little puff! I toasted the bagel with a slice of muenster cheese and topped it with ketchup and s&p.

Monster Sammy...Rawr! Okay...it's just the picture...

Perfect BFD (breakfast for dinner). Of course, ketchup squirted out during my first bite.

 

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it, but came to a realization at the end. I can never enjoy egg sandwiches to their full potential. I feel like I have to scarf them down because they are so messy that once you put them down, it’s over. It still hit the spot!

Now, I need to catch up on DVR from last week! I still haven’t watched the Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice season finales. Whaaaat? I know, crazy!

Out of Hand

I mean….really?

Why did I feel it necessary to include 5 thousand ingredients into my smoothie (last night’s dinner)?

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 7-8 frozen strawberries
  • 1 heaping scoop of Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
  • stevia packet
  • pinch xanath

Blend together until thick and creamy. Garnish with a dollop of cool whip free, a sliced strawberry, a leftover chocolate covered strawberry from this weekend, a pizzelle (thin italian cookie–I used chocolate), and sprinkles. Gotta make it a sprinkle massacre. This was more like a strawberry massacre.

I proceeded to make one for Joe when he got home.

Workout and Breakfast

Today was my upper body strength training day. I mixed together a couple of my usual routines and had a really good workout! I also did abs and 25 minutes on the ellyptical.

I was super hungry when I got home and had already thought about what I was going to make while I was at the gym. I forgot about the blackberries I got this weekend and decided I was going to use them.

After blending up half of a frozen banana, a big handful of blackberries, 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk, a handful of spinach, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder, I got this big grey mess:

My smoothie kick continues…..